Parent Working Groups

Parents – Be Part of Firrhill’s success

To find out how you can be part of a parents working group please view the following document: Firrhill – Be part of the Success

Working Groups Programme, 2015/16

We are now needing more Firrhill parents and carers to join these working groups – meetings take place at 7pm – one/two meetings per term. In return you’ll get to meet other parents, get to know Firrhill teachers and senior management, and start to take an active role in the life of Firrhill.

To find out more contact : Catriona Luff (Chair of Firrhill Parent Council), email :

There are three principal objectives for the Parent Council.

  1. To improve the level of engagement between the Parent Council and parents.
  2. The Parent Council will act as a consultation forum for the School, providing guidance and help to the School as it manages the changes necessary to embed Curriculum for Excellence and make it a success.
  3. The Parent Council will assist the School with unlocking and developing the largely untapped resource of parents as an opportunity for leveraging School improvement.

Achievement of these objectives will be enabled by forming groups which will focus on theactivities noted below.

Each group is led by a member of the Parent Council alongside a member of teaching staff. The teaching representative will be nominated by the Head Teacher. Each member of the Parent Council will choose to be in one of the groups. The groups will (ideally) have a maximum number of six people and the Parent Council will issue a parent wide invitation to all parents to note their interest and get involved.

Mission statements – Working Groups 2015-2016

The Health and Wellbeing group focuses on drawing on professional expertise to help provide information and support in relation to health and wellbeing issues that might challenge pupils, parents and carers.

The Business and Enterprise group supports the school in the delivery of careers advice and educational developments through parental involvement.

The Communication Group supports open, clear and accessible communication channels between Firrhill and the wider parent forum.

The Environment Group works actively to help the school to achieve the Green Flag Award, promote cycling , encourage eco-related learning and introduce new projects related to conservation and the environment.

More details:

Health & Well-being Group

Lead: Ruth McQuillian

The Health and Well-Being group has a couple of key aims this year.

The first was to host the evening event for parents on 21st March- ‘Everything you wanted to know about young people and alcohol but didn’t want to ask’. This was a very successful evening with the S6s presenting the results of their survey into what 2nd and 4th year pupils thought about how much they and others in their year drink. This was very well received and gave us grounds for believing that while many young people do begin to drink from an early age many chose not to or to do so in moderation, particularly when they realise that many of their peers feel the same. So perhaps it is possible to change the culture after all! A very informative session followed with Mentor UK, led by Heather McVeigh and Gez James and gave us loads of useful information and a chance for discussion.

This is a link to background material for parents which was prepared in advance of the event and you can also find more useful information on this topic on

The second aim of the group is to run another session for parents in the autumn term. It is likely to focus on how teenage brains develop and how the stages of development can impact on both young people and parents. Look out for more info in due course.

While our topics are about big issues in the health and well-being of young people and their families and carers, we aim to make sure the events are enjoyable and informal.

We’d also welcome anyone who wants to contribute to the group so please feel free to contact us by email at if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Environment Group

Lead: Carolyn Hargest

The Environment Group aims to:

  • Work with the school to help it achieve the target of   Eco Schools Green Flag Award
  • Help the school continue to promote safe cycling for pupils
  • Initiate eco-related projects within the school and encourage parental involvement

We would welcome new parents to join our group, please come along to the next subgroup meeting.

We would also appreciate volunteers to help with school gardening projects.

Find out more about the Environment Group here.

Business / Enterprise

Lead: Mari Yiannopoules
The B&E group works closely with the school by contacting parents/carers to help organise CV writing sessions, mock interviews and generally help students get a feel for what they can expect after they leave school.

We have also organised successful Parent Job Fairs for the past 5 years which parents/carers are invited to talk in an informal environment about what their job entails, what courses they may have done that were related or not with their current profession/career and generally to give the pupils an opportunity to find out more about different career prospects that they may be interested or may not be aware of.

This year’s Parent Job Fair will be aimed at S4 although S5 & S6 pupils will be welcome to attend.

If you are a parent/carer interested in attending the Fair or if you would like to join our group please send us an email at

Communications Group

Lead: Jane Williams

The Communications Group will:

  • Prepare communication protocols for reaching the widest possible parent audience
  • Improve the School website
  • Maintain the content of the Parent Council web page